Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory. The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and a founding member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.
NT MENTAL HEALTH COALITION ANNUAL REPORT 2016/2017 click here

2017 Mental Health Week Community Survey

In 2017 as part of Mental Health Week activities the Mental Health Coalition (Coalition) invited the
Northern Territory Community to provide feedback about their experiences of the mental health
services, programs or the systems in the Territory, as well as people’s perspectives on priority areas
for system improvement, the survey was conducted two ways, face to face and online through the
support of NT Council of Social Services (NTCOSS), Association of Alcohol & Other Drug Agencies
(AADANT) and NT Shelter’s newsletters.

Participants were able to complete either a hard copy version, face to face at the Mental Health
Week Launch in Raintree Park or through an online survey. The responses were collated by the
Coalition.

The Purpose of the survey was to provide community feedback to the Department of Health to assist
and highlight issues within the Community and to support any future planning and decision-making
by the Department.

The survey responses were collated into a report by the Coalition and presented at a meeting of the
Northern Territory Mental Health Coordination Committee in December 2017.

To read the survey report click here

 

Latest News

Release of the Final Report of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017 has now been completed. A forum for all interested stakeholders was held on 22 January in Darwin. This was an opportunity to discuss the findings and recommendations of the review. A further forum was held in Alice Springs on 15 March. To view the final report click here
NT Mental Health Coalition article on Croakey (independent, in-depth social journalism for health) 19 January 2018 about the mental health and suicide prevention service review undertaken for the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN). Click here

NT National Disability Insurance Scheme Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework Consultations

The Northern Territory (NT) Office of Disability has developed a discussion paper on the proposed NT National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Restrictive Practices Authorisation Framework.

The proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will provide a process for registered NDIS service providers to request authorisation for the use of a restrictive practice(s) while maintaining safeguards for NDIS participants in the Territory. The proposed NT Authorisation Framework will only apply to NDIS participants that have a behaviour support plan (BSP) that includes a restrictive practice(s) developed by a registered NDIS behaviour support practitioner and receiving NDIS supports.

The introduction of the NT NDIS Authorisation Framework will be a new function for the NT Government and your feedback on the proposed structure, key features and process is important and most welcome.

Forums will be held in Darwin and Alice Springs and will give you an opportunity to further discuss the proposed NT NDIS Authorisation Framework.

The venues are wheelchair accessible. Please advise of any other accessibility requirements on the registration form.

To register for the forum please use the links below:

Darwin:
Thu. 22 November 2018
8:30 am – 11:00 am ACST
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nt-ndis-restrictive-practices-authorisation-framework-consultation-tickets-52249550813

Alice Springs:
Mon. 19 November 2018
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nt-ndis-restrictive-practices-authorisation-framework-consultation-tickets-52244708329

Cartoon to assist NT communities to call out dodgy care under NDIS

It’s hoped a multilingual cartoon will encourage people with disability to speak up about dodgy care under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Northern Territory.

The new NT government campaign included a range of resources – a video cartoon, bookmarks and posters – that will be spread across the NT and translated into five different Aboriginal languages.

Read more

Darwin Community Legal Service Renting Safe Campaign

Darwin Community Legal Service’s Tenants’ Advice Service (TAS) is collecting signatures in support if their Northern Territory Residential Tenancies Act reform campaign.

The campaign seeks to make renting fair, safe and certain for residential tenants through:

  • Establishing a Bond Board (as in all other Australian jurisdictions) that will facilitate Bond (security deposit) returns/retention
  • Greater protections for survivors of Domestic and Family Violence e.g. to vacate a tenancy to escape violence
  • Ensuring tenants are not forced out of a tenancy without a reason

Click here for the Change.org petition

Click here to download the flyer

Optimising Support for Psychosocial Disability

Mental Health Australia is managing an exciting project which aims to develop alternative ways to provide support for NDIS participants with psychosocial disability than those currently on offer at this stage of NDIS rollout. Over the coming months, Mental Health Australia will be working with consumers, carers and other experts through a Delphi process to refine a set of alternative typical support packages. To learn more click here

The Economic Benefits for Australia of Investment in Mental Health Reform

At Mental Health Australia the vision is for mentally healthy people, and mentally healthy communities. A new report, released 1 May, Investing to Save, presents a major contribution towards that vision. It shows how we can, with the right targeted investments, improve the mental health of our community, and in turn the mental wealth of the nation. Read the report here

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH)

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health (NATSILMH) are launching two important documents for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention, to mark National Close the Gap Day 2018. The first is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration Implementation Guide. Click here
The second is NATSILMH’s Health in Culture – Policy Concordance. Click here
The value of the Policy Concordance is that it will now be possible to ascertain what documents as diverse as the Fifth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Social and Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Framework, the Cultural Respect Framework, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the Gayaa Dhuwi (Proud Spirit) Declaration, among many others, require of Australian Governments, PHNs and the mental health system overall. The Concordance aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the mental health space and our communities by providing this important accountability tool.

Mental Health Coordinating Council Resources.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has developed two easy-to-use resources to support mental health and human services ensure that any event or activity that they facilitate, such as a conference, workshop, seminar, consultation, training or meetings, follow trauma-informed principles. These resources aim to promote a supportive culture that encourages collaboration and trust between the host organisation, presenters and attendees. To view resources click here

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS)

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) has been funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, to provide a critical response to support individuals, families and communities affected by suicide-related or other trauma that is culturally responsive to their needs and to strengthen community capacity and resilience in communities where there have been high levels of suicide to better recognise and respond to critical incidents and strengthen service system coordination. To learn more click here

Providing $47 million for suicide prevention work across Australia

The Turnbull Government will provide a $47 million boost to front-line services for suicide prevention and directly address a growing community need.  Services will be available right across Australia and will include training for at risk families and support groups,...

New report highlights need for government support for informal mental health carers

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is calling on the Territory and Federal Government to protect existing supports for mental health carers, following the release of a major new report showing informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2 billion annually caring for people with mental illness, 1.7 times more than government investment in mental health services nationally. For the Media Release click here
Click here for the full report

Community Mental Health Australia 2017-18 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

CMHA have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. View the submission here

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

A new strategy for inclusion and action.
LGBTI Australians are more likely to attempt suicide and to harm themselves than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, and intersex people aged 16 and over are nearly six times more likely. Young LGBTI people – those aged between 16 and 17 – are five times more likely. Now, the peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, has created a National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy – the first of its kind in Australia, and a global rarity too.
Click here

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2018/2019 Federal Budget

Liz Crowther,Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA) President welcomes measures in the 2018/2019 Federal Budget. There are still questions around how the measures will work in practice. To view the CMHA Budget media release click here

Mental Health Australia (MHA) welcomes important new investments in mental health programs and services. To view the Mental Health Australia Budget Summary click here

http://cmha.org.au/

SAVE THE DATE!!!

2nd Annual Mental Health & NDIS Conference

Mental Health Policy, Practice & Reform:
Getting It Right In A Time Of Change

31 October – 1 November 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
For more information click here

 

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AUSTRALIA

For a link to the accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors in the Northern Territory click here
For a link to accredited Mental Health First Aid instructors Nationwide click here

Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums

– in partnership with SANE Australia Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page. The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences. SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals.  To express interest in the program, please contact: Syl Jenson Partnership Manager – SANE Australia M: 0416 811 272 E: sylvia.jenson@sane.org


SANE Australia recently conducted a survey asking Australians how they wanted mental illness to be represented in images.  The survey included six iStock images from Getty Images and researchers from SANE developed questions to accompany them.

With over 5,000 participants, the majority of those having a lived experience of mental illness, the survey results gave a clear indication of the types of images that contribute to stigma and which images portray a fair and accurate representation of living with a mental illness.  Read More